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What is air rage and how can it endanger others?

You and other New Yorkers are likely familiar with the term "road rage," as it is common to encounter impatient and angry drivers who purposefully endanger others on the road. A lesser-known term can also pose dangers for people in the air, and it may happen more often than you think.

You may have read recent articles about unruly passengers causing disturbances on their flights and either being kicked off the plane before takeoff or arrested after landing. While these situations make good headlines and seem rare, there may be thousands of such incidents in airplanes each year across the country, points out ABC News. In fact, some authorities from the Association of Flight Attendants and other agencies think the numbers are underreported.

Air rage often involves passengers who are impatient, angry and tired, who might lash out or assault fellow passengers, flight attendants or other airline employees. Alcohol use during flights may be another instigator for air rage incidents. You and others might be endangered by an unruly passenger if you happen to be the target of the other person's anger or if he or she drags others into the altercation. There are numerous ways people can be injured in the small confines of an aircraft, not to mention the frightening ramifications of a fight breaking out while you are in the air.

For these reasons, the Federal Aviation Administration takes air rage seriously. Offenders can face a $25,000 fine and a 20-year prison sentence for assaulting others in an airplane. You may wish to seek legal counsel if another passenger's actions resulted in your injuries.

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